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TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959-68) #39
CGC FN+: 6.5
(Stock Image)
SOLD ON:  Thursday, 06/08/2023 9:04 PM
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COMMENTS: crm/ow pages
Origin & 1st app of Iron Man (Tony Stark); Jack Kirby cover; Steve Ditko art; COMIC BOOK IMPACT rating of 10 (CBI)
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crm/ow pages
Origin & 1st app of Iron Man (Tony Stark); Jack Kirby cover; Steve Ditko art; COMIC BOOK IMPACT rating of 10 (CBI)

Tony Stark makes his first appearance in this classic collectible from 1963, in which the playboy munitions tycoon is wounded and taken captive while helping the U.S. government fight the Vietcong—before escaping by constructing an armored battle suit. (The magnetized arc reactor also slows the approach of some shrapnel inching toward Stark's heart.) After decades of being a Marvel mainstay, Iron Man would ultimately be chosen to launch Marvel Studios in 2008. Robert Downey Jr.'s popular portrayal would ultimately keep the character grounding the massive success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This renewed fanbase has ensured that these early appearances remain top collectibles as fans speculate on Iron Man's return to the MCU.

In recent years, Iron Man has become one of the most popular and recognizable pop culture icons worldwide. The 2008 film “Iron Man” heralded the birth of the MCU, the highest-grossing and most popular film franchise of all time. Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man would go on to lead the cinematic Avengers, and crossover with dozens of other famous heroes on screen, making superstars out of countless Marvel characters. Tony Stark first appeared in Tales of Suspense #39 in March 1963, a Marvel masterwork that would shape the publisher’s output for decades to come. This is an all-time classic key, which introduces one of the longest-running and most beloved characters in all comicdom. With major roles in over a dozen films, Iron Man is the defining movie character of the early 21st century, and this is a handsome example of his very first appearance. “I think that's probably one of the greatest decisions in the history of Hollywood,” Kevin Feige recently commented on the casting of Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.

Overstreet Guide 2022 FN+ (6.5) value = $14,000.

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